WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


Luke Massey, UK

Kite flying

Following a local guide, Luke climbed tiny staircases and bamboo ladders to reach this rooftop. It’s in the Muslim quarter, where people toss meat to the kites to atone for their sins. ‘The sky was black with kites,’ he says, and with about 20 vying for every offering, it took hundreds of attempts to get a clear shot.

Delhi’s whirls of black kites are probably the world’s highest concentration of birds of prey. They have an important role to play, clearing up carrion and hunting rodents. But human-made kites – paper ones – pose a threat, their strings crisscross the skies at dusk and can sever the bird’s wings.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D X; 17-40mm f4 lens at 40mm; 1/2500 at f7.1; ISO 1600; PocketWizard PlusX remote release; Benro tripod.

Old Delhi, India: latitude 28.649963, longitude 77.22561 Old Delhi, India: latitude 28.649963, longitude 77.22561

Old Delhi, India

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Luke Massey

Luke Massey, UK

Luke is a wildlife photographer and cameraman, and has been obsessed with wildlife for as long as he can remember. After a year at university, he decided to take the risk of dropping out to follow his dream of becoming a professional. His passion is in conservation and showing how people can live alongside wildlife, educating people on conservation issues and raising awareness.